Wingspan 10 to17 mm. The pink suffusion on the forewing varies in intensity, and can be inconspicuous.
On sites where Teasel grows plentifully.
It flies late May until August.
The larva lives August - May in a silk tunnel bored through the sides of several teasel seeds, on which it feeds.
It is locally common in southern England, but further north in Cheshire and Lancashire it is quite scarce. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as local.
Fairly frequent but not common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = B (scarce resident or restricted distribution or regular migrant)
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